Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Canada is world's largest legal pot market

Associated Press (ap.org); Buzzcocks; Seth Auberon, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

(Buzzcocks) What could go wrong? "Something's Gone Wrong Again"

Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace
TORONTO, Canada - Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational cannabis in Canada, but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line at a store in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Depiction of cannabis bud hangs from ceiling as a band plays at Leafly's countdown party in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, as they prepare to mark the legalization of Cannabis across Canada (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP).
A formal announcement was planned for later Wednesday. The official, who was not authorized to speak public ahead of the announcement, said those who want to take advantage of the pardons will have to apply.
Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society's changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system.
Uruguay was first was the first country to legalize marijuana. In St. John's, Newfoundland, hundreds of customers were lined up... More

How we get hooked, unhooked: Pema Chodron

(LionsRoar.org, hook shenpa pema chodron Lion's Roar Buddhism Shambhala Sun

The following is Pema Chödrön on shenpa -- the urge, the "hook," that triggers our habitual tendency to close down.

We get hooked in that moment of tightening when we reach for relief. To get unhooked, we begin by recognizing that moment of unease and learn to relax in that moment.

We’re trying to make a point with a co-worker or our partner. At one moment her face is open and she’s listening, and at the next, her eyes cloud over or her jaw tenses. What is it that you’re seeing?

Someone criticizes us. They criticize our work or our appearance or our child. At moments like that, what is it we feel? It has a familiar taste in our mouths, a familiar smell. Once we begin to notice it, we feel like this experience has been happening forever.

The Tibetan word for this is shenpa. It is usually translated “attachment,” but a more descriptive translation might be “hooked.” When shenpa hooks us, we’re likely to get stuck.

We could call shenpa “that sticky feeling.” It’s an everyday experience. Even a spot on our new sweater can take us there. At the subtlest level, we feel a tightening, a tensing, a sense of closing down.

Then we feel a sense of withdrawing, not wanting to be where we are. That’s the hooked quality. That tight feeling has the power to hook us into self-denigration, blame, anger, jealousy, and other emotions that lead to words and actions that end up poisoning us.
  • Shenpa is usually involuntary, and it gets right to the root of why we suffer.
Remember the fairy tale in which toads hop out of the princess’s mouth whenever she starts to say mean words? That’s how being hooked can feel. Yet we don’t stop -- we can’t stop -- because we’re in the habit of associating whatever we’re doing with relief from our own discomfort.

Dharma Meditation Initiative, Los Angeles
This is the shenpa syndrome. The word “attachment” doesn’t quite translate what’s happening. It’s a quality of experience that’s not easy to describe but which everyone knows well. Shenpa is usually involuntary and it gets right to the root of why we suffer. More

Monday, October 15, 2018

"Flexitarian" diets will feed a warming world

(bbc.com/news/science); Crystal Q., Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

"Flexitarian" diets key to feeding people in a warming world
If the world wants to limit climate change, water scarcity, and pollution then we need to embrace "flexitarian" diets, say scientists.
  • What does "flexitarian" mean? "We can eat a range of healthy diets, but what they all have in common, according to the latest scientific evidence, is that they are all relatively plant-based," says lead author at Oxford Dr. Marco Springmann. "You can go from a diet that has small amounts of animal products, some might call it a Mediterranean-based diet, we call it a flexitarian diet, over to a pescatarian, vegetarian , or vegan diet. We tried to stay with the most conservative one of these, which in our view is the flexitarian one. But even this has only one serving of red meat per week."
Be flexible: Eat the rainbow!
This means eating mainly plant-based foods. It is one of three key steps towards a sustainable future for all by 2050, they say.
Food waste will need to be halved and farming practices will also have to improve, according to the study.
Without action, the impacts of the food system could increase by up to 90%.
Fast on the heels of the landmark report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) comes this new study on how food production and consumption impact major threats to the planet.
The authors say that the food system has a number of significant environmental impacts including being a major driver of climate change, depleting freshwater, and pollution through excessive use of nitrogen and phosphorous. More

Humor in Religion: Alan Watts (audio)

AlanWatts.org via Roy of Hollywood Tuckman (archive.KPFK.org); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

Buddhist Radio comes on Pacifica Los Angeles (kpfk.org) and plays Alan Watts on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am.

What is the real cause so we can prevent it?
Roy of Hollywood Tuckman's "Something's Happening A and B" comes on most weeknights from midnight to 6:00 am, when we enjoy DemocracyNow.org with Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, and Nermeen Sheikh.

Precious Buddhist talks about meditation and spirituality come on, often courtesy of SoundsTrue.com with Tami Simon. Many famous authors -- such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Shinzen Young, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Pema Chodron, Joan Halifax, and Alan Watts -- are featured. They are then also available in the Pacifica Archive (archive.kpfk.org) under "Something's Happening" for a few weeks.

There is an industry more interested in making money from disease than "curing" anything.
The show goes on for hours, often tackling some of the most important medical issues of the day: vaccines, cures for many "incurable" diseases, wonderful treatment, natural remedies, and things your doctor and dentist will never tell you about because it is not in the financial interest of the medical associations that license and therefore govern all licensed doctors. A doctor would have her/his license pulled and open her/himself to prosecution and censure for telling a truth that cut into the paychecks of colleagues, no matter what harm silence is doing to patients and us all. KPFK
Scroll down to Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:00 am show at archive.kpfk.org.

Opening Meditation: Sharon Salzberg (video)

SharonSalzberg.com at Wisdom 2.0, Dec. 30, 2014; Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
Opening meditation led by Sharon Salzberg at Wisdom 2.0 Europe 2014 (wisdom2europe.com).

Climbers die in Himalayan storm, Nepal

Associated Press (ap.org, Oct. 15, 2018); Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Mt. Everest beckons climbers like a magnet.
KATHMANDU, Nepal - The nine climbers who died during the worst disaster on a Nepalese mountain in recent years included the first South Korean to summit all 14 Himalayan peaks over 26,247 feet (8,000 meters) without using supplemental oxygen.
An official from the South Korea's Corean Alpine Club said the bodies of Kim Chang-ho and four other South Koreans killed will arrive in South Korea on Wednesday. Four Nepalese guides were also killed when a storm swept the climbers' base camp on Gurja Himal Mountain (Dhaulagiri) Friday.
Sudden weather changes are common.
Rescuers had retrieved the climbers' bodies on Sunday after weather cleared. The body of one of the guides was taken to his village, while the eight others were flown to Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

"It was the worst mountaineering disaster in Nepal in recent years and an unimaginable one," said Rameshwor Niraula of Nepal's Mountaineering Department, which issues climbing permits and monitors expeditions.
Niraula said officials were still gathering details of what exactly happened. But from what rescuers described, the climbers were blown over by the blast of the blizzard-like wind conditions. More

CIA mind control and more: MK Ultra (video)

"Anonymous Official" (video); Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
There are formerly secret CIA programs now unveiled: "Project Paperclip" for propaganda or "public diplomacy" to mold public opinion with PR and the planting of stories in "Project Mockingbird," all to "manufacture consent," and "MK Ultra" for ultimate mind control with the use of LSD (acid), parapsychology, marijuana, torture, brain surgery.... We became the NAZIs, the Soviet-style autocrats and "communists." All of this will leave the viewer speechless. Watch it before it is deleted. goo.gl/zBkuyB Find more content like this on Gaia: bit.ly/SupportGaia. Connect with "Anonymous" at youtube.com/subscription_c....

The WORST disease: Depression (video)

Prof. Robert Sapolsky (Stanford University); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

(Hear the Reasons) Stanford Prof. Sapolsky posits that depression is the most damaging disease that one can experience. Right now (May 2014) it is the Number 4 cause of disability in the U.S., and it is becoming more common. Prof. Sapolsky states that depression is as real a biological disease as diabetes. Stanford University (stanford.edu) has a channel YouTube: youtube.com/stanford.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

US lacks its Mexican historical sites

Associated Press (ap.org); Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers who fought in the Battle of Glorieta Pass in Northern New Mexico outside Santa Fe. It's a typical representation for many sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and always at risk of disappearing if it weren't for a handful of history aficionados. The lack of historical markers and preserved historical sites connected to Latino civil rights worries scholars who feel the scarcity is affecting how Americans see Hispanics in U.S. history.

US lacks Latinx historical sites and landmarks, scholars say
GLORIETA PASS, New Mexico - A makeshift memorial to "Hispanic" [largely Mexican] Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. "Latinx" history: It's shabby, largely unknown, and at risk of disappearing.
Dr. Hector Perez GarciaAcross the U.S. many sites historically connected to key moments in "Latin" civil rights lie forgotten, decaying, or in danger of quietly dissolving into the past without acknowledgment. 
Scholars and advocates say a lack of preservation, resistance to recognition, and even natural disasters make it hard for sites to gain traction among the general public, which affects how Americans see Latinos in U.S. history.
The birthplace of farmworker union leader Cesar Chavez sits abandoned in Yuma, Arizona. The Corpus Christi, Texas, office of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, where the Mexican-American civil rights movement was sparked, is gone.

And no markers exist where pioneering educator George I. Sanchez captured images of New Mexico poverty for his 1940 groundbreaking book Forgotten People.
"People need to see history, they need to touch it, they need to feel it, they need to experience it," said Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a journalism professor at the University of Texas who has worked to preserve Latinx historical sites. "When something is preserved, it's a daily reminder of our history."
Democrats new strategy at mid-terms
Many states have historical markers and sites dedicated to Latinx history but they usually center around the Spanish exploration [European exploitation] era, colonial times and Old West settlement periods, scholars and advocates say.

Those are "safe" sites because they downplay the racism and segregation Latinos had to overcome, said Luis Sandoval, a nonprofit consultant in Yuma who is pushing for the region to honor Chavez' legacy. More

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Blurred Lines: Sex, Power, Consent (audio)

(Fresh Air, 10/11/18); Crystal Q., Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly
How notions of Sex, Power, and Consent are changing in college

Blurred Lines author Vanessa Grigoriadis says female college students were once told to protect themselves from sexual assault by learning self-defense. Now, the focus is on changing men's behavior.
TERRY GROSS (Transcript): The Kavanaugh hearings and confirmation raised the question again, How do we decide who to believe when a woman says she was sexually assaulted by someone she knows behind a closed door and the man denies it? That's an issue universities have been grappling with.
Guest Vanessa Grigoriadis is the author of Blurred Lines: Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus. Over the course of three years, she interviewed 120 students from 20 universities, spoke with nearly 80 administrators and experts, and read dozens of case reports.

How far will felony lying get a judge?
She says that while writing the book, she witnessed a historic moment when survivors moved from the shadows to the spotlight, first on campus, and then nationwide with the #MeToo movement. Grigoriadis is a contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair and has won a National Magazine Award.

It turns out, pretty far. What entitlement.
You know, you write in your book that there's a new understanding of what rape and sexual assault means that started on college campuses, but with the #MeToo movement, it spread beyond campuses.

What did the Kavanaugh hearings and confirmation tell you about how far that new understanding has spread? I guess what I'm asking you is this, If the Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee had gone to college campuses, what... More

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

OntarioCA.gov/museum; InlandEmpire.us; Crystal Quintero, Xochitl (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Spanish culture invaded Mexico
Ontario, California – On exhibit from today October 11, 2018 to Saturday, November 10, 2018, the Ontario Museum of History & Art presents its annual Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") exhibit.

The museum has been honoring Day of the Dead traditions with large-scale exhibitions and events for two decades. Día de los Muertos: Everyday Heroes showcases vibrant pieces of art honoring the deceased.

To live and love Life, one must not fear Death.
Día de los Muertos emphasizes remembrance of past lives and a celebration of the continuity of life. It is a tradition with roots extending to Mexico's oldest pre-Columbus civilizations.

Explore Día de los Muertos through the artwork of local artists at this annual exhibit showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ofrendas ("offerings," altars), and the participants from a citywide ornament contest. Admission is FREE. For more information, call (909) 395-2510. (NOTE: Museum is closed on Nov. 11).

The increasingly popular Día de los Muertos holiday is a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones celebrated on November 1st and 2nd each year. It is a long standing cultural celebration in Latin America with strong ties to indigenous Mexican culture. More

  • FREE: Remember Me Artist Reception
  • Saturday, 1:00-3:00 PM, Oct. 13th, 2018
  • Ontario Museum of History & Art
  • 225 South Euclid Ave., Ontario, CA 91762

Disney has SEX on the brain (video)

Amerikano; Family Guy via Fun and Stuff; CC Liu, Crystal Quintero (eds.),Wisdom Quarterly

(Fun and Stuff) The Disney Universe (Family Guy S08 E01 02)

Why is Disney trying to hide this secret? 
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